Sunday, September 30, 2007

*The Divine Artist

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them…who walk…after the Spirit.” The Holy Spirit never condemns; He convinces.” The devil leaves one with hopelessness; the Spirit of God, with hopefulness.

The hater of our souls draws a picture of a forest with no way out, leaving us to wander in endless dismay. On the other hand, the Lover of our souls always paints a road out of the dark denseness into the glorious light.

God promises His people of old that He will give them “…a door of hope” when they’re in the valley. No wonder the shepherd boy could say, “…though I walk through the valley of the shadow…I will fear no evil: for thou art with me.”

A Christian walks through the valley; he doesn’t stay there.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

*One of a Kind

To whom and to what will ye liken Me? This question was asked by God in olden times through His prophet Isaiah. All comparisons fall on their face and crumble, like Dagon of old, when put next to Jehovah God! Mankind has tried from their creation to make a god that is His equal, but their deities always end up being impotent in the presence of the Omnipotent One.

“In the beginning God…” He is the eternal original, for there was nothing before Him. As they say, “He is one of a kind.” And they did not throw away the mold, for there was no mold, nor anyone around to discard it! It would be the understatement of all time to say, “God is truly a rarity.” Nevertheless, it is the only way these lips of clay can verbalize His worth to me. You’ll never find His like in time or eternity. Is it any wonder David stood in awe of Him?

“I am God, and there is none like me.” To which I say, “Amen and amen, Lord!”

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

*Learning Latin.

Anyone who is familiar with books by the old divines is familiar with the Latin abbreviation, D.V. (Deo Volente), which means, “God willing.” It is used frequently in their writings, especially the Puritans.

But often, many of us speak, even boasting at times, of the things we are going to do, without ever inserting God into the equation. James tells us, in all our plans, we ought to say, “If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.”

When making promises and commitments to others it is essential, a D.V. (God willing) is inserted in our conversation or contract. No Christian has a guaranteed claim on anything in life that is not stamped D.V.

*Condensed Lives

One of the meanings of the word “condense” is “to reduce to a shorter form; compact.” The Bible is a condensed Book. It does not tell the whole in any of its character’s biographies. Abraham, Joseph, Esther, Paul, Mary—nowhere will you find a daily, detailed account of their lives, nor of anyone else’s. Even of our blessed Lord, John tells us in his Gospel, “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.”

Because of misguided teaching, “over-zealous” zeal, or a misunderstanding of the Bible’s purpose, many have become condensed Christians. Bible Christians were not always at church and doing “spiritual” things. They changed diapers, cleaned house, played with the children, went to the store, etc. As a friend put it in an article recently, “Life is what you do when you don’t have anything else to do.” Or, to put it another way, take time to smell the flowers.

Life is a marathon, not a hundred-yard dash.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

*Those Crisis Times

“And there arose a great storm…And he arose…and there was a great calm.” He is pre-eminently, the Christ of every crisis. There is no situation that can arise that He cannot control. “He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves are still.”
A crisis does not make us; it shows us. It reveals in us what is already there— fear or faith. And, generally, sad to say, it is the former. It is during these crisis times we find that we are what we have been becoming. As my mentor Dr. Hankins would say, "It's humbling to find out you're not as spiritual as you thought you were."

But not only do these crucial times show us who we are, but, more importantly, what He can do. One of Webster’s definitions of this word is “a turning point.” A crisis can turn a crippled person into a completed one, if he or she turns to Christ.

Nothing takes God off guard, for He is always on guard.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

*Blessing the Blesser

The Lord hath been mindful of us: he will bless us…he will bless…he will bless…He will bless…Ye are blessed of the Lord…we will bless the Lord from this time forth and for evermore” (Psl.115). Would you say David was conscious of God’s blessings? It was for this reason he blessed the Blesser. Paul apparently was a great reader of the Psalms and must have picked up on this thing of blessing the Blesser. In Ephesians he writes, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.
He is no pauper who has God’s blessings upon his life. It is written, “The blessing of the Lord it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.”

What a joy to one’s soul to realize that throughout eternity, we will still be blessing the Blesser with that great Heavenly host: “And every creature which is in heaven…heard I [say], Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.”

“To bless God for mercies is the way to increase them; to bless Him for miseries is the way to remove them.” (Puritan saying)

The Big Picture

Most of us cannot see clearly in the spiritual realm. It’s apparent we need a second touch from the Lord. Our problem is not seeing what’s up close, but what is afar off. Because of our pride, trials, and suffering, we generally keep things close. We are not too interested in things or people unless they relate to and profit us in some way personally.

But God’s Kingdom takes in more than just those things around us—our family, church, town, or country. It encompasses the entire universe for both time and eternity. His eternal plan includes not only us, but the animal creation, plants, angels, good and evil, the galaxies, etc. His Kingdom is all-inclusive. In other words, it’s bigger than you and I.

Most Christians spend their lives thinking it’s all about them. This is a result of looking through the wrong end of the telescope. For example, many Christians and pastors cannot imagine anyone other than “their own kind” in their assemblies. They do not realize the Church of God, as found in the Scriptures, is international, multi-cultural, and yes, inter-racial. But spiritual pygmies can’t see God’s big picture. They spend their lives looking at a few trees and never see the beautiful vast forest.

You can always tell when we need to visit our Heavenly Optometrist; it’s when we see ourselves as a big part of God’s little plan.

*Before Moving On

“…let us go on…not laying again the foundation of repentance…” If these Hebrew believers were guilty of not going on in building upon their foundation, then we modern day Gentile believers are guilty of just the opposite. We bypass the foundational in our rush to get to what we believe are more important things in the Christian life. Is it any wonder, then, present day saints, who are in such a hurry to build their spiritual beach cottages, erect them on sand? And it’s no surprise when their lives crumble under the slightest adverse breeze.

Many saints today need not go on, but rather, step back. I hear Christians say to those who have “blown it,” so to speak, that they need to “move on” with their lives. This is true, considering one has first righted any wrongs and corrected their mistakes. Jesus said we are to do certain things but not at the expense of leaving other things undone. It is possible to walk and chew gum at the same time.

*An Old-Fashioned House Call

Webster defines optimism as “the belief that good ultimately prevails over evil,” and a pessimist is one who believes that “evil in life outweighs the good.” To believe things on earth are going to get worse before getting better is not pessimism but realism.

Therefore, I guess I would be considered a pessimistic optimist. The one being only temporary but the latter, final and lasting. In other words, I believe this world is cancerous to the core and getting worse. And only by the Great Physician making a personal house call can it be cured.

Politicians and religious leaders, no matter how well-intentioned, who attempt the intricate operation of removing this malignant tumor will end up embarrassed, showing themselves to be physicians without healing power.

Christ’s coming is the only cure-all for the world’s ills.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

*The Realm of Possibilities

“With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.” The qualifying word for accomplishing the impossible is the little word “with.” If you’re “with men,” you’ll never experience the impossible; but if one is "with God”, impossibilities become realities. The instrument that links us up to this omnipotence is called faith. Faith makes the impossible possible.

But faith operates only in the sphere of the will of God as found in the Word of God. It is not possible to exercise faith for anything beyond the will of God. Faith functions in cooperation with God. So, if a man is “with God,” he can be all that he ought to be and do all that he ought to do. Augustine said, “Give what thou commandest, then command what thou wilt.”

“Within the realm of possibilities” is a term never used by those who have cast their lot with God.

Monday, September 17, 2007

*God Has No Needs

In his sermon on Mars Hill, Paul tells us, “God...made the world and all things therein...Neither is worshipped with men’s hands as though he needed anything…” What a humbling truth—God doesn’t need us.

But, though He does not need us, still He wants us. My children, when they were very small, would bring me inexpensive gift tokens, such as a wildflower or a piece of candy. Did I need them? No. Did I want them? Yes! They would kiss me good-bye when I went to work. Did I need it....did I want it?

Our Almighty God does not need our frailties, but, as our loving Heavenly Father, He wants our affections. “We are his offspring.” No father ever existed that wanted the love of His children more than our Father God wants ours. He does not need our attention and affection today; but He wants them.

When it comes to God, every day should be “Fathers Day.”

Saturday, September 15, 2007

*Following Those Who Follow Christ

It is written that Jehoshaphat “…walked in the first ways of his father David.” And as a result of this, the Lord was with him. We are told on different occasions in the Old Testament that certain saints followed the Lord, “as,” or “like,” David had. Jehoshaphat was one such person. But it is interesting to note the marked distinction he placed on David’s former and latter life, “…in the first ways.” David’s last days were not as good as the first.

Most, if not all Christians begin well, but we do not all finish that way. Though it need not be, the “first ways” in many lives were the best ways. And with some, their “first love” was their strongest love. Time can bring corrosion to a life if not diligently attended to on a daily basis.

Matthew Henry said, “It is good to be cautious in following the best men, lest we step aside for them.” Paul himself limits anyone’s emulation of his life when he said, “Follow me, as I follow Christ.” But that was the extent of it, the qualifying mark being, “…as I follow Christ.”

Friday, September 14, 2007

*Tomorrow Never Comes

Someone said, “All our tomorrows start today.” In other words, today is your tomorrow. We are not promised a tomorrow, but we are a today. Therefore the Bible admonishes us, “[B]ehold now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day…” When I pastored, I’d tell my people, “When you know what God wants you to do, do it; if you wait till the morrow, the devil will talk you out of it.” I’m gonna, never did anything!

There is a lot of truth in the little quip, “There is no time like the present.” Procrastinators are void of accomplishments. A good philosophy is always begin from where you’re at. Many postpone things with the excuse that they are waiting on God; it seems to have never crossed their minds that God may be waiting on them. Everything in life that has worth is worth doing now. My sainted mother use to say, “Don’t wait till you bury me to send flowers.”

Monday, September 10, 2007

*Those Narrow People

In terms that a six-year-old child can understand, Jesus Christ says, “I am the way…” Not, “A way,” but, “The way.” The devil is an expert illusionist. You may think all roads lead into that Celestial City, but only one will get you there. You’ll find to your dismay all the others are deceptive by-passes. There is only one road that will lead Home. If this be not the case, Jesus Christ was either a willful deceiver or a deluded fool. He loses all credence even as a good man, much less the God Man. You can no longer hold that He is one of many ways. Either He is, or He isn’t, the only way!

The entire book of Hebrews is about Jesus being the only way to God. And in the book of Acts the apostles preached there was salvation in no other name than Jesus. Paul emphatically stated that there is no mediator between God and man, other than Christ Jesus. The Bible makes clear that there is a way which seems right to man, but death is at the end of it. Jesus tells us there are two roads, and warns that the majority are on “…the broad way that leads to destruction.” There are “few” says He, who are traveling the “narrow” road. By the way, you can always pick out those on the narrow one: the mass on the wide road scornfully refer to them as, “narrow people.”

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Bedtime Prayers.

I remember a story I heard when newly converted that has governed my prayer life for over half a century. It seems a great old prayer warrior was sharing a room with a novice Christian in a Bible conference. The youthful believer had heard the reputation of the elder’s prayer life, and so he undressed slowly that he might observe the sacred sight of the old man agonizing in prayer by his bedside. But to his amazement the aged one got into bed, pulled the sheets up, and as he turned his night light out said, “Good night, Jesus.” The young man then confessed his surprise to the aged one, telling him what he had expected; to which the silver headed saint replied, “Son, when you talk to the Lord all day there is nothing left to say at bedtime but, “Good night, Jesus”.

A.W. Pink says, “Wordy prayers are usually windy ones.” To be sure, Jesus connected "long prayers" with those with whom we would not like to be associated. Our Lord tells us we are not heard for our “…much speaking.” Brevity seems to be best. A lot of short prayers with meaning are better than one long prayer without significance. The prophets of Baal prayed from morning to evening and the heavens were brass unto them. Elijah’s prayer contained only sixty three words, but the fire fell.

When Christ was teaching His disciples to pray, He put all they should say into five short verses (Matt.6:9-13). Evidently God meant the wise man’s admonition, “…let thy words be few,” to cover our prayer life also. Jesus’ all night prayer was the exception to the rule.

Friday, September 7, 2007

What I Was is not Who I Am.

“[O]ne thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.” Pious inquisitors had interrogated this poor ex-blind beggar at great length. Such an answer as he gave always baffles those with religious breeding who are void of a spiritual birth. His statement is so plain, yet so profound.

No matter how devout or intellectual, if you do not know what our blind man knows, you know nothing at all! Unlike the blind man, many Christians only remember what they were in the past, not realizing who they are now in Christ. You cannot live a victorious life inhaling the polluted air of your past. The overcomer’s spiritual lungs are filled with celestial air.

I’ve noticed that believers cemented in their past never rise to heavenly heights.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Sharing My Father

One of Jesus’ disciples requested He teach them to pray. Our Master began His model prayer by saying, “When ye pray, say, Our Father....” By this He shows us the top priority in prayer is an affectionate, personal relationship with our Heavenly Father. In most of Christ’s prayers, He addresses God as “Father.” Nothing more pleases the heart of God than to hear the tender term used by His children...”Father.”

The Fatherhood of God extends to any and all who have entered the blood covenant, through faith in His Son. This prayer is for the whole family of God—not just Baptists, Presbyterians, Methodists, etc—but for all saints. The plural pronoun “our” proves this to be. As in all families, He is both, at the same time, Father to one, while a Father to all.

We need to recognize our Father is also the Father of our brothers and sisters. There should be a joyful sharing of Him with the “other kids.” If ever a Person lived that had a right to keep His Father to Himself, and to flaunt His special place, it was our Lord. But our blessed Elder Brother had no such selfish spirit with His weak, failing, siblings. When returning to Heaven, He said to His brethren, “I ascend unto my Father and your Father.”

Remember; your Father is also their Father.

A Day to be Remembered

Though I do not remember the exact time or place, there was a turning point in my ministry that I will never forget. It revolutionized my preaching, and took a tremendous load off my shoulders. It was the beginning of blessings both for me and those who heard me.

The day of which I am speaking was when I ceased trying to find a sermon, and trusted God to give me a message. The word “sermon” is not found in the Bible, but the word “message” and its equivalent runs throughout its pages.

God’s people deserve “hot bread from Heaven’s oven,” not moldy, dry bread from the ovens of Egypt. How often we preachers are tempted to take the crumbs from another’s plate to feed our people with. When Jesus said, “Feed my sheep,” He did not mean with the leftovers from someone else’s table.

Certainly, we can gather various fruits, vegetables, and food from the market place, but it must be we who prepare it. Each meal is to be from God’s recipe Book, and it is He Who chooses from the menu what His children are to eat.

I remember a lady once asked Salle what I did all day alone in motel rooms while I was in meetings. Her reply, “He waits on God for the right message.” It says over and again in the Scriptures, “...the word of the Lord came unto him saying…” What a great day it was in my life and ministry when the Word of the Lord came unto me.

*A Change For the Better

“…and when they had…beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go…And daily…they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” These Christians seemed to have been both passive and aggressive. As to the first, concerning persecution, they resisted not (Matt.5:39). As to the second, that is, preaching, they retreated not (Mk.16:15).

These early believers were not in hot water for attempting to clean up the moral, social, and political problems of their day (and they were legion), but for preaching Christ, the Lord. The pagan Samaritan’s misery turned to joy because Phillip preached unto them Jesus. If a nation or culture is to be “turned…upside down” (Acts 17:6) again, this method, and this method alone, must be emulated.

Change comes from within, not from without. The former is called Regeneration; the latter, Reformation. The last will leave a man ultimately seven times worse off than he originally was (Matt.12:45). Christians today need to ask themselves this question: What shall it profit a man if he change the world, and yet they lose their souls?

A Call for Change

My pastor is a student of the Word. He can say more in half and hour than most can in twice that time. When he preaches, you have the feeing he has a good grasp of his subject. You’re conscious that he has done his homework.

In a recent sermon, he gave me some food for thought. His reference was to Peter’s original call to be a “fisher of men.” He then brought out the fact that, toward the end of Christ’s ministry, He seemed to re-commission Peter. Now, the emphasis is not on a “fisher of men,” but rather, being a “feeder of sheep.”

I wonder how many of we preachers would be willing to take a different direction in our ministries if the Lord so ordered? I shudder when I hear an older preacher say, “I’m preaching the same things I preached forty years ago.” If he means by this, the basic cardinal doctrines, I can accept that; but if he means in every particular, I believe the man is found wanting.

After fifty years of preaching, the Lord seems to have shut me in, putting the focus on writing these daily articles. Looking back, I bless His name for this. I have always tried to be willing to change as He directs. Some might consider this a weakness, but I think of the untold blessings I would have missed had I not followed His leadership.

The writer of Hebrews said the priesthood had been changed, and because of this, there was, of necessity, a change in their ministry. May God help help me, along with my preacher brethren who peek into my Journal each day, to be willing to change at the Lord’s bidding, knowing there will come greater opportunity and blessing.

A Bundle of Life

“…his life is bound up in the lad’s life…when he seeth that the lad is not with us, that he will die.” Our lives should never be so involved with another’s that if something happened to them, whether it be physically, morally, or spiritually, ours would come to a halt.

Contrast what Jacob’s sons said of him with what wise Abigail said of David. Though meeting him for the first time, still she had heard many things of him. And how did she describe him? As a man whose soul was bound in a “bundle of life” with the Lord, his God.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Those Appealing Apostates

The best definition I ever heard of an apostate was, “One who has heard, received, and embraced the truth, only to reject it later on,” (Heb.6:4-6). No enlightened Christian would deny our age is characterized by apostasy. Our churches until recently were filled with “Sham Saints” who are excellent imitators and counterfeiters of the real thing. Yet the scriptures describe them as, “…children of the devil.”

But now their numbers are growing at such a rapid pace that they are starting to meet at their own place of worship, “…the synagogue of Satan.” Jesus said of them that they would go to any length to make one convert, but after he or she is made, they’re twofold more a child of hell than the apostate themselves. These people “…say they are…and are not.” They have “…changed the truth of God into a lie.” Because they have rejected God, God rejects them. We are told, “And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.” If you will not believe the truth, God will allow you to believe a lie!

The natural process and end product of an apostate is that they ultimately become dupes of destructive delusions. What makes the apostate leader so appealing to the natural person is that he or she is told by the guru they can be their own God, do whatever they want, and better themselves by their own human effort. They fall for the same old line Eve fell for: “…ye shall be as gods.”

C.S. Lewis says, “Like a good chess player [Satan] is always trying to maneuver you into a position where you can save your castle only by losing your bishop.”

Brevity's Best

Abraham Lincoln wrote a lengthy letter of condolence to a mother who had lost a soldier son in battle. At the conclusion of his correspondence, he asked her forgiveness for writing such a long letter. He explained, “I didn’t have time to write a short one.”

In today’s culture I can see more and more the need for, and the wisdom of, condensing our correspondence as well as our conversations. How many of us go around robin’s barn before we can get across what we want to say. We need to put our minds in gear before our mouth begins speaking or our hand starts writing.

When our Lord wrote His seven letters to the seven churches, they were brief; and whenever He spoke, His words were few and to the point. He did not waste words in writing or in speaking.

May God help us to emulate His example. We should not want to weary people with words. The wise man said, “...let they words be few.” And John restrained himself in writing his letters (2 Jno.12 a; 3 Jno.13).

It is written that the publican uttered seven brief words; but Jesus said He got his point across.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Adult Adolescents

Paul could not speak to the immature, shallow Christians at Corinth with Spiritual depth, but rather, he had to speak to them as babes. Think of it; one of the deepest and greatest minds that ever graced this earth was not above saying, “Goo-goo” when dealing with adults with adolescent minds. He certainly proved to be “all things to all men” when attempting to help people on to God.

No one was considered to be beneath him. How could they be? He believed himself to be “less than the least of all men.” In his own estimation, he was the “chief of sinners,” thus putting himself at the bottom of the totem pole. No wonder he was able to esteem every man better than himself. It’s this kind of person who can “condescend to men of low estate.”

We enjoy it immensely when others think of us as having depth. But remember, many times shallow waters that pass off as deep are in reality only muddy. Depth does not mean it is not clear, only that it takes you longer to get to the bottom.

"Beware of posing as a profound person; God became a baby." (O. Chambers)

A Brusied Heel

Satan, knowing he could not inflict on our Lord a permanent head wound, did the next best thing; he bruised His heel. Though this is only temporary, it can put one out to commission for a time. And, so it is with God’s children. Knowing they are both saved and safe for eternity, the devil’s one objective is to keep them sidelined for as long a period of time as possible.

If I were unable to stop a military advance, the next best thing would be to slow them down. This could be accomplished, not by using large, powerful weaponry, but with something small and insignificant that they would not be expecting. Let’s say I was able to infiltrate their ranks at night, and could place a small pebble in the heel of one of the boots of each soldier. It need only be as big as a pinhead. The next day, not long into their twenty-five mile march, you would see most, if not all of them, sitting by the roadside with a boot off, with a bruised, hurting heal, and unable to walk.

It is the little foxes that spoil the vine. I must be careful, while watching and waiting for the big sin, not to get sidelined by a little one that will put me out of action for a time. God help me to check my boots today to make sure there are no little pebbles hidden in one the heels.

“[L]et us lay aside...the sin which doth so easily beset us..” (Heb. 12:2)

20/20 Vision

“Let me pull out the mote (speck) out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam (pole) is in thine own eye.” How most of us enjoy straightening out other people. It’s commendable helping to get a cinder out of someone’s eye. That is, as long as a telephone pole is not protruding from our own.

Some of us are trying to bend others into shape while we ourselves are hiding behind a corkscrew. “Physician, heal thyself,” is a good admonition for such people. The qualifying criterion for helping those with faults is, “Ye which are spiritual...” It is these people who allow the Lord to do the main job of straightening out. They wait for Him to bid them to put on the final touch. The doctor sets the broken arm; the nurse provides the sling to rest it in. Paul did not consider himself a doctor but a gentle nurse.

Only God can straighten the crooked. There’s a danger of breaking it if we attempt to do so.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Wine, Women, and the Song of Solomon

The Bible teaches temperance when dealing with the subject of wine, not abstinence. Jesus, you’ll remember, condemned gluttony as well as drunkenness. Because of this, any thinking person knows the Lord is not asking them to abstain from food entirely, just because they overindulge, but rather to eat moderately. And so it is with the drinking of wine. Those who try to change the wine into grape juice are attempting to perform their own miracle. Are we really to believe that one of the disputations in the early church was over grape juice? (Ro.14:21)

We are told in the scriptures that wine cheers and makes glad the heart. Mirth and merriment are connected with it. This brings me to my main point, that being, the temporal and physical is to never take precedent over the eternal and spiritual. Let me apply this truth spiritually from Song of Solomon. There we find the bride comparing wine to her lover. In chapter one, verse two she says, “…thy love is better than wine.” And then in verse four we find, “…we will remember thy love more than wine.” She felt her lover was better than anything this life had to offer.

Christians are not to love anything more, or think of anything oftener than the Lover of their souls. If we do, one of two things must follow. First, that object or person must be moved to a secondary place in his or her life. Or, in some cases, when the occasion warrants, dispensed with completely. Never mistake the temporary thrills and frills of this life with the joys of eternal bliss that are awaiting us. In this fleeting life God has given us all things richly to enjoy. But let us make sure we do not indulgently abuse them, but rather enjoyably use them.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Intimidation

We like to blame others for our intimidations, but whose fault is it when the object is inanimate? From my long experience and personal observation I’ve come to believe the problem lies within the timid soul, and not people or things. It seems to be self-imposed.

It is so sad to see people live their lives cowering before pseudo-Goliaths. Those who see others as giants and themselves as grasshoppers need a fresh touch from the Lord that they might see clearly. The man who saw, “…men as trees walking" will vouch for this.

Christians easily intimidated have lost all semblance of manliness or womanhood. What is presented instead is a shell of a person with a shriveled-up soul, paralyzed with fear. It is a pitiful way to exist, to say the least. Especially when you think of the fact that we have manufactured most of our fears.

The cure for being terrorized by the things of life, is to keep your eyes on God. Everything and everybody dwarfs in comparison to Him. When looking only to God, you’ll cease to see others as giants, and yourself a grasshopper. Goliaths then become midgets.

Your Goliath will fall down flat when you say, “I come to thee in the name of the Lord…” Ask David!